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Find out what the community thinks about options for fencing the existing dog exercise area at Attadale Reserve.

Last Updated: 5 August 2019

Community Involvement

We asked the community what they thought about two proposed methods for fencing the existing dog exercise area at Attadale Reserve.

Method 1: Partially fenced, along the Burke Drive roadside with a number of gates for access

Method 2: Fully fenced area within Attadale Reserve approximately 25,000sqm in size and located approximately 40m from Burke Drive and 35m from the riverside pathway. This area is an addition to the dog exercise area and will NOT restrict dogs to just the fenced area at Attadale Reserve

We engaged with users of Attadale Reserve using on-site signage to determine levels of support for each method. Direct emails were sent to a random sample of Attadale residents and registered dog owners to ask for their feedback via a survey. On Melville Talks, the community could join a discussion on which option they prefer, if any.

Engagement Results

Feedback from the online survey and community discussion forum has been collated and analysed with findings from both methods indicating that the current amenity should be retained as it is and preferably without any fencing at all, or at best, partial fencing, to keep dogs safe from traffic.

Online Survey:

  1. The majority of the residents (56%) do not support the proposal of fencing the existing dog exercise area at Attadale Reserve
  2. Of those who are supportive, 65% support Method 1 a partially fenced area; 33% support Method 2 a fully fenced area.

Community Discussion:

  • Many more references to Method 1 than Method 2 were made. However, other than Method 1’s noted value as a dog safety measure, most references concerned the idea of being compelled to make a choice (when they’d rather not have any fencing at all) or having made a choice on the grounds that Method 1 was a huge improvement on Method 2. At least with Method 1, they could carry on enjoying the space as they always had.
  • People rejecting Methods 1 and 2 clearly identified a preference for leaving things as they are.
  • The three main reasons people gave for selecting Method 2 included keeping young, distracted or untrained dogs safe, having this type of facility close to home as they have to go elsewhere at present and commentary from potentially non-dog owning people, about making the park safer for other users.

Read the Engagement Results Report

About the Engagement

Background

A notice of motion carried at 17 July 2018 meeting concerning the construction of a fenced dog area requested a report for presentation at an Elected Members Information Session included, but not limited to:

  • Possible options for a location for a fenced dog area. Locations to be considered were John Connell Reserve, Piney Lakes Reserve, Burke Drive and others
  • An indicative cost of the project, as well as a proposal for how the project will be funded, whether it be through existing budget provisions, funding in the 2019/2020 budget or through grants
  • A plan for consultation with Melville residents and ratepayers.

Determining a Location

In drafting the report and recommending suitable locations from amongst the 173 parks and reserves in the City of Melville, the following matters were taken into account:

  • Activities within the reserves
  • Proximity to schools and/or residential areas
  • Parking facilities
  • Classification of reserve in relation to whether dogs are permitted, restricted or prohibited
  • Facilities/events held at the reserve, e.g. BBQs and playgrounds
  • Size of the reserve

After extensive research it was determined that 172 of these locations were unsuitable and that the only option was Attadale Reserve on Burke Drive. The decision was supported on the grounds that the site is currently used as an off-lead reserve dog exercise area by the community and has actually been requested for this purpose.

Costs

The estimated cost for a 900mm chain-link fence with regular pedestrian access gates was $108,000. No grants were available for this type of project and it would have to be approved (by Council) as a new capital project request in 2020/2021.

Timeline

  • 1 July 2019
  • Community discussion
  • 1 July 2019
  • Community survey opens
    Sent to random sample of Attadale residents/ratepayers and registered dog owners
  • 9am on Monday, 15 July 2019
  • Community discussion and survey closes
  • 5 August 2019
  • Engagement results available

How We Engaged with You

Who did we engage with?

We engaged with users of Attadale Reserve to determine levels of support for an existing dog exercise area to become fenced in one of two methods:

  • Partially fenced, along the Burke Drive roadside
  • Fully fenced area within Attadale Reserve approx. 25,000sqm
How could the community get involved?

Direct emails were sent to a random sample of Attadale residents and registered dog owners to ask for their feedback via a survey.

On on-site signage and social media directed the community to Melville Talks where they could join a discussion on which option they prefer, if any.

What happened with the information from the survey and online discussion?

The information gained from community engagement will determine levels of support for an existing dog exercise area at Attadale Reserve to become fenced and what the community preference is for they method of fencing. The information will be given to council to determine if the project will be approved as a new capital project request in 2020/2021.

FAQs

Can I have a fenced dog exercise area in my suburb?

As per a Council Resolution in July 2018, City Officers were requested to research an area which would be appropriate to either fully or partial fence for a dog exercise area. All 173 parks and reserves within the City of Melville were assessed and the following were considered:

  • Any activities that may take place within the reserve
  • Proximity to schools and / or residential areas
  • Adequate parking facilities
  • The classification of the reserve in relation to whether dogs are permitted, restricted or prohibited
  • Facilities / Events held at the reserve ie: BBQs and playgrounds
  • Size of the reserve

After considering the above for all reserves, the following was noted (some reserves fell into more than one category):

  • 30 reserves have BBQ / picnic facilities
  • 124 reserves have childrens playgrounds
  • 44 reserves regularly hold sporting events
  • 35 reserves are either dog prohibited and / or restricted

This left 40 possibly suitable reserves. Of these 40 only 2 reserves were deemed to have suitable parking available. This does not mean other reserves cannot be assessed in the future.

Is this project guaranteed to go ahead?

No funding is currently available for this project. Feedback from the community will be presented to Council at the August 2019 meeting. Council are then required to decide if this project should proceed.

Should this project receive approval from Council, funding will need to be made available in the 2020-2021 budget.

No grants area available for this type of project.

What type of fence is proposed to be installed?

The fence will be 900mm high and be black powder-coated chain-link fence. This fence will also include regular pedestrian access gates.

What would this project cost to install?

Should either option be approved by Council, the costs of installing the fence will be approximately $120.00 per metre.

Should “Option 1” (partial fence along Burke Drive roadside) be the preferred option and approved by Council, the approximate length of the fence would be 900 metres. This would cost $108,000.

Should “Option 2” (fully fenced area) be the preferred option and approved by Council, the approximate meterage of fencing required would be approximately 640 metres. This would cost $76,800.

Additional costs of approximately $2,000 to install another drinking fountain would also be added.

If approved, where would the funding come from?

No grants are available for this type of project. If approved, funding would be included as a new capital project request within the 2020-2021 financial year budget.

Will there be a dedicated large dog and a small dog exercise area?

All dogs will be able to utilise the dog fenced area, however, the area will not be divided into separate areas for big and / or small dogs.

Will there be play equipment / dog agility equipment available?

This project will not include any types of play or agility equipment.

What facilities will be available at the fenced dog exercise area?

The City will provide an additional drinking fountain at the opposite end of the reserve (should Option 1 be selected), or inside the fully fenced area (should Option 2 be selected).

The fence is only proposed to be 900mm high. My dog is able to jump higher than that and may be able to escape.

The proposed fencing projects are designed to assist in containing the animal. All owners of animals are required to have their dog under effective control at all times. This means, if the owner calls the dog, the dog must respond at all times.

If the project gets approved, when will it be built?

Funding would need to be secured within the 2020-2021 budget. If approved, construction should commence within the 2020-2021 financial year.

Will fencing this area with either Option 1 or Option 2 increase the amount of dog excreta on the reserve?

The area is currently used as an exercise area, so the City is not expecting any increase in the amount of excreta. Several “dog poo” bins will also be placed within the area for responsible owners to clean up after their dog.

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